Clark stated that volunteerism can help expand and improve services in poor and marginalized communities by empowering people with new skills and a stronger voice, facilitating citizen feedback, helping to create checks and balances, and lastly inspiring people to innovate, share, and debate ideas. América Solidaria is highlighted as an example of a successful volunteer program in the Americas:
“Volunteerism contributes to addressing these democratic deficits. “Volunteering is exactly the opposite form to ‘clientelism’, which is indeed a problem in the region (a tendency to favour, without justification, certain people, organizations, political parties, etc. in order to get their support)…. [It] can play a fundamental role in amplifying and improving the quality of democracy, closing gaps, and generating new and different kinds of spaces of civic participation.”
Exciting approaches are also promoting volunteering in poor communities, for example, through the international organization America Solidaria, and justice for victims of conflict and violence ”.
To access the report: http://www.volunteeractioncounts.org/es/swvr-2015.html